DIY Greeting Card Organizer

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Once upon a time, I had a pretty good memory.  Now, I have 3 kids, get between 4 and 6 hours of sleep a night if I’m lucky, and my memory just isn’t all that great.  That means that I don’t pickup birthday gifts ahead of time.  I forget to buy a card, I miss anniversaries, special occasions, and so much more.  Not any more.

How to store greeting cards

Probably about 10 years ago, I had started a project I really wanted to finish.  Making myself a greeting card organizer where I can store all of my Hallmark cards.  It’s also a great spot for me to write down birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  Making it was really easy and didn’t take a whole lot of time.  If you scrapbook, you probably have everything you need already.

 

Supplies

~12 x 12 Scrapbook or 3 Ringed Binder

~12 x 12 Solid or Patterned Paper – 24 Sheets

~8 x 12 Solid or Patterned Paper 12 Sheets {I use one for each Holiday}

~Hole Punch

~Glue, tape runner, double sided tape, etc..

~Paper Scraps {Optional}

~Brads or Eyelets

~Eyelet Setter

~3 Hold Punch

~Greeting Cards

 

Get Crafting!

Start with a sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  You will also need an 8 x 10 sheet of paper, I used some patterned paper for these.

Greeting Card Organizer Step 1

I trimmed a 12 x 12 sheet of white down to 12 x 8, folding it in half to measure 12 x 4.  I glued that onto the bottom of the solid page.

Greeting Card Organizer Step 2

Greeting Card Organizer Step 3Greeting Card Organizer Step 4I then used some brads or eyelets to close up the outer side of the 12 x 4 page.

Greeting Card Organizer Step 5

Using the FREE printables below, you can print out this lined paper to write birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, and holidays.  Trim each party down to the size you want.  I made them 8 x 5.  Glue these onto your page.

Birthdays                       Anniversaries and Special Days-page-001

Using the other FREE printable, print out the month tags.  I trimmed these down to 3.5 x 2.  Glue these onto your page.

Months-page-001Months-page-002

Greeting Card Organizer Step 7Depending on the scrapbook you are using, you need to measure where to punch the 3 holes along the left side of the page.Greeting Card Organizer Step 8

 

Repeat this process for each of the 12 months.  Now, go ahead and fill out birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or any other dates to remember.  Attach them to the scrapbook or binder.

Greeting Card Organizer April CardsHow to store greeting cards

Now is the fun part.  Head out to Walmart and stock up on Hallmark greeting cards.

Hallmark in store John and I both have large families, so we stocked up on a ton of birthday cards.  I also picked out some birthday cards for the kids in our families.  I saw some ©2015 MARVEL Avengers  kids birthday cards that I knew I had to put in the cart.  Charlie loved them and he said that we absolutely had to pick up some matching  wrapping paper for his presents.

Stock up on Hallmark Cards

 

Now that I have stocked up on greeting cards for just about any occasion and put them in my greeting card holder, maybe now I won’t have to make any last minute trips to the store on the way to the birthday party.

 

How do you keep from forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special days?  Please tell me it isn’t just your amazing memory!  

12 Comments

  • I’m terrible for this! I have boxes of cards that I’ve collected over the years, but they’re just sitting there going to waste….

  • This is such a great idea!! I’m always trying to get more organized and keep track of birthdays!! Mailing a card can really brighten a day 🙂

  • Oh! I totally need to organize my cards but I think I’d organize them by type….sympathy, birthday, thank you, etc….and maybe put a calendar of important events in the front 🙂

  • This is seriously one of the most amazing ideas I have ever seen. I always forget to get cards and end up sending them late or not at all. I need to do this.

  • I am horrible at remembering to buy and send birthday cards. I’m totally the phone call/text message type…but I have ALWAYS wanted to send birthday cards. This looks like a great idea, and when I spot a cute card I know one of my nephews or niece would love I can just buy it and stick it the organizer. Perfect! Thank’s for sharing!

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